Dow in strong bear rally

Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied strongly in response to news of a European rescue by major central banks. Sharp rallies are typical of shorts covering in a bear market. Strong volume indicates resistance — if you look back over the last few months (ignore triple-witching at [W]) volume above 200 million normally precedes a reversal. Expect selling pressure at 12000 to 12300, leading to a reversal. Breakout above 12300 is unlikely but would be a strong bull signal, indicating that buyers have overcome resistance.

Dow Jones Industrial Average

Japan & South Korea

Bullish divergence on Japan’s Nikkei 225 index (13-week Twiggs Money Flow) warns of a bear market rally. Breakout above the upper channel of the broadening wedge pattern would confirm. The primary trend, however, remains downward; breakout below the lower channel at 8400 would warn of a down-swing to 7800*.

Nikkei 225 Index

* Target calculation: 8400 – ( 9000 – 8400 ) = 7800

The Seoul Composite is weaker on Wednesday after a sharp rally earlier in the week. 13-Week Twiggs Money Flow continues to threaten a break below zero. Breakout below the lower border of the broadening wedge formation would signal another primary decline.

Seoul Composite Index

* Target calculation: 1650 – ( 1900 – 1650 ) = 1400